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While teachers are celebrated every October 5 for World Teachers’ Day, this year highlights their leadership and integrity in times of uncertainty.
This year’s theme, “Teachers: Leading in crisis, imagining the future,” recognizes teachers for their ability to adapt to ongoing changes in instruction during the COVID-19 situation, while ensuring learners are given the tools they need to succeed in new environments such as the blended learning program.
“This has been a challenging year for our staff, and our teachers have worked tirelessly to provide quality education both in the classroom, online and everywhere in between,” says Surrey Board of Education Chair Laurie Larsen. “They have exhibited amazing flexibility in a short amount of time and an endless passion for teaching.”
“The care, compassion, dedication and versatility of our teachers is more evident this year than ever before,” says Superintendent Jordan Tinney. “We are thankful to have such outstanding staff in Surrey who have brought the same level of education from the classroom to remote learning and back again in the last six months.”
The United Nations Organization for Education, Science and Culture (UNESCO) first declared World Teachers’ Day in 1994, and it has since become a global celebration of the teaching profession. The day acknowledges achievements in education and gives voice to teachers for their ongoing work in preparing students for life after graduation.
This year’s weeklong celebrations will take place online. The week begins with the opening ceremony and UNESCO-Hamdan Prize Awards on Monday, Oct. 5, with meetings and presentations throughout the week, wrapping up with the closing ceremony on Monday, Oct. 12.
For more information on World Teacher’s Day or to register for a presentation,